But it was anything but that, as the Sens easily navigated the Bruins defense – sans Zdeno Chara
– and peppered the B’s with 49 shots. But Tim Thomas
continued his superb play and stopped 47 of them, helping his team get their third-straight win.
“[Ottawa] did a good job getting the puck to the net,” forward Chris Kelly
said. “Timmy [Thomas] stepped up and kept us in that game the first period and everyone contributed.”
Thomas, who’s picked up a win in 11 of his last 12 starts, is boasting a .940 save percentage this season, which ranks second in the NHL. His play, along with the strong efforts from Tuukka Rask
(.939 save percentage), has anchored the Bruins 17-2-1 record in the last 20 games.
“I feel pretty good,” Thomas said. “We were behind the eight-ball at the beginning of the season. It was tough overcoming that Stanley Cup hangover, and we definitely turned it around.”
Thomas also got some help on the defensive end from Daniel Paille
, who dove and blocked a shot before scoring his second and the game’s final goal of the night.
“I was praying that it would hit me,” Paille said. “I didn’t want that to go through, especially when that would of went in. You always blame yourself, so I’m glad I got to block that and go back and get a shot and get a goal out of it.”---Anthony Gulizia